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Stotts City, Missouri
Location of Stotts City, Missouri
Location of Stotts City, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Lawrence
 • Total 0.51 sq mi (1.33 km2)
 • Land 0.51 sq mi (1.33 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,145 ft (349 m)
 • Total 220
 • Estimate 
 • Density 423.83/sq mi (163.73/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 417
FIPS code 29-70990
GNIS feature ID 0727160

Stotts City is a city in Lawrence County, Missouri, United States. The population was 220 at the 2010 census. It was estimated to be 217 by the City of Stotts City as of July 1, 2019.


Stotts City is located at 37°6′11″N 93°56′48″W / 37.10306°N 93.94667°W / 37.10306; -93.94667 (37.102983, -93.946662).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.51 square miles (1.32 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 902
1910 548 −39.2%
1920 354 −35.4%
1930 271 −23.4%
1940 268 −1.1%
1950 285 6.3%
1960 221 −22.5%
1970 203 −8.1%
1980 232 14.3%
1990 235 1.3%
2000 250 6.4%
2010 220 −12.0%
2019 (est.) 217 −1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 220 people, 84 households, and 53 families residing in the city. The population density was 431.4 inhabitants per square mile (166.6/km2). There were 108 housing units at an average density of 211.8 per square mile (81.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.2% White, 0.9% African American, 0.5% Native American, 3.2% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.9% of the population.

There were 84 households, of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.9% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.09.

The median age in the city was 42 years. 20.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.3% were from 25 to 44; 27.8% were from 45 to 64; and 17.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.


The town was settled in the early 1870s and was originally known as 'Pax', then later as 'Belle Plaine'. It was incorporated in 1896 and renamed in memory of its founder, Capt. Greene Casey Stotts, who died in 1876. Stotts held a command in the US Army during the Civil War, distinguished himself while in charge of the 76th Enrolled Missouri Militia, Co. D, the 7th E Missouri Militia, Co. C, and the 15th Missouri Cavalry, Company C. He later represented Lawrence County in the Missouri state legislature.

Stotts discovered galena and hemimorphite deposits west of the town and began to develop the lead mining industry that later fueled Stotts City's booming growth. He founded the Stotts City Mining Company in July, 1873. The Lawrence County Land & Mining Company, formed in 1888, handled the product of the Stotts City Mining District.

In its heyday, Stotts City was home to several banks, a large hardware store, The Farmers Exchange Co-op, a cooperative enterprise of the local grain and dairy farmers, a school and numerous churches, and even had a volunteer brass band and a newspaper, The Stotts City Sunbeam, published from 1901 until the end of 1907. The population of Stotts City peaked at 902 in 1900. By 1910, the population dropped to 548.

Soon after the end of World War I, the demand for lead ore from the Lawrence County Land & Mining Company subsided, as groundwater issues made it increasing difficult and expensive to mine. With a depressed agricultural industry in the 1920s, the 1929 stock market crash and Great Depression, Stotts City suffered a further reduction in population, a loss of retail businesses and closure of its one remaining bank. By December, 1942, the mines and the Stotts City Mining Company were closed.

The construction of U.S. Route 66 north of Stotts City and later, Interstate 44 south of town, provided an opportunity for increased commerce. Establishments such as "Hattie's Hamburger Heaven" became regional favorites.

In the 1930s and 1940s, the Farmers Exchange Co-op provided feed grain and seed for most of western Lawrence County. Until the mid-1970s, Stotts City bore a remarkable resemblance to the classic movie 'western town', with its wide main street and rows of buildings with false fronts. The old bandstand, at the corner of Mt. Vernon and Center streets, still stands; a relic of the late 19th century, as does the old native-stone schoolhouse and First Baptist Church, both built in 1898. Several descendants of the earliest residents of Stotts City still live in the area.

Notable people

Capt. Greene Casey Stotts USA, 1821-1876—American military officer and Missouri state legislator

PFC Charles Denver Barger, USA, 1892-1936—American soldier and hero of World War I, Medal of Honor recipient

Rev. Dr. H. Dale Jackson, 1930-2003—Baptist minister, denominational leader and ethicist

See also

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